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Global Tech Sector Sees Surge in Layoffs, with Over 202,000 Job Losses in 2023

June 6, 2023
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Since the beginning of 2023, more than 202,000 employees in the global technology sector have been laid off, according to data compiled by Layoffs.fyi. The website noted that this number has increased nearly eightfold since mid-January.

The data reveals that 2023 has surpassed 2022 in terms of global tech redundancies, with 745 tech companies laying off a total of 202,206 employees since the start of the year. In comparison, 1,024 tech companies laid off 154,336 employees last year, as reported by Layoffs.fyi.

In recent news, Spotify Technology SA announced its plans to lay off approximately 200 employees, accounting for 2% of the company's workforce. Sahar Elhabashi, head of Spotify's Podcast Business, explained in a post that the company is shifting its focus to tailored partnerships with leading podcasters globally. This strategic change requires organizational adaptations, and Spotify's senior leadership team has collaborated with HR to shape the optimal structure for this new chapter.

Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s cloud unit, BABA, has also begun reducing its staff by 7%, as reported by Barron's last month, citing a reliable source. Bloomberg was the first to report the news of the job cuts.

Meta Platforms Inc., the parent company of Facebook, experienced its latest round of layoffs in late May, marking the third wave of cuts this year. However, Meta declined to comment on the latest layoffs. In April, the company's second round of layoffs primarily affected technical positions. Overall, Meta plans to eliminate 21,000 jobs in 2023, as part of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's vision for a "year of efficiency."

Several other prominent tech companies have also implemented job cuts. In early May, Microsoft Corp.-owned LinkedIn announced its intention to reduce its workforce by over 700 employees and discontinue its local jobs app in China. LinkedIn's CEO, Ryan Roslansky, explained that the company would focus its China strategy on supporting Chinese companies in hiring, marketing, and training abroad. These changes are in response to the evolving landscape and fierce competition faced by LinkedIn's InCareer local jobs app in China.

Amazon.com Inc. conducted layoffs in its Amazon Web Services and human resources departments in late April. Electronic Arts Inc. announced in March that it would cut 6% of its workforce, while Roku Inc. disclosed plans to lay off 200 employees as part of its cost-cutting initiatives.

Additionally, a multitude of tech companies, including Palantir Technologies Inc., Twilio Inc., DocuSign Inc., Salesforce Inc., SAP, Zoom Video Communications Inc., eBay Inc., Dell Technologies Inc., PayPal Holdings Inc., International Business Machines Corp., Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., and Google parent Alphabet Inc., have also announced job cuts in 2023.

Since Elon Musk assumed control of Twitter last year, the company has also experienced significant layoffs. In March, Musk described the difficult decision of laying off approximately 80% of the company's workforce, amounting to around 6,500 employees. Currently, Twitter's headcount stands at 1,500 people, according to Musk.

Valentyna Semerenko
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